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review 2017-01-03 14:21
Grunge (Monster Hunter Memoirs #1)
Grunge - Larry Correia,John Ringo

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Title: Grunge
Series: Monster Hunter Memoirs #1
Author: John Ringo, Larry Correia
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Oliver Gardenier, aka Gary Stu, is a boy wonder with some seriously messed up parents. He joins the marines in defiance of his mother and ends up talking to St Peter and given a mission back on Earth: to hunt Monsters. Joining up with Monster Hunters International, Oliver details his adventures.

 

He also details his seriously messed up theological thoughts on Jesus and God. And just in case you forget, he also states, over and over and over, how successful with women he is.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

If this had been just an MHI story, it would have been awesome. 4stars easy, pushing 4 1/2.

 

First thing that pushed it down was Gardenier’s continual references to his womanizing. He justifies it by saying he doesn’t want to leave a widow and orphans behind when he inevitably dies on the job, but that is so much BS. He’s probably leaving a trail of byblows who are growing up without a dad and string of woman who wanted more than a night. Those excuses lead into the second, and bigger, reason.

 

Theology. Ringo, and he is the author of this book, not Correia, presents sin as something just kind of ‘meh’ and that Jesus is our Dude who tells God to chill out on our behalf. In fact, Ringo/Gardenier states that you have to do something REALLY bad to go to hell now. Ringo threw around enough biblical names, terms, etc that it is obvious he’s at least familiar with Scripture but simply choosing to twist it to allow him to do whatever he wants.

 

Once past those, like I said,  it is a tremendous MHI story. I’ll be reading the next book but with some serious reservations.

 

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text 2016-12-27 02:11
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge: I've read 4%.
Grunge - Larry Correia,John Ringo

"My mother is a *&^%$ hippy bitch. And I am sick and tired of this *&^%$ hippy hair. Would you please cut it all off? I promise not to tell"

~Oliver Gardenier to a WWII veteran barber

 

 

Excepting the profanities, this is going to be most excellent.

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review 2016-12-21 00:00
Grunge
Grunge - Larry Correia,John Ringo It was a long time since I read the Monster Hunter International series. I was therefore quite happy when I found something new had Larry Correia’s stamp on it and took place in the Monster Hunter International universe. This is a fun book to read but, sadly, I do not think it is as good as the original Monster Hunter International series. It is good, even very good, but not WOW good.

The book is obviously co-written by Larry Correia and John Ringo although I get the impression that there is more John Ringo than Larry Correia in the book. It is a fun book to read. I like both Larry’s and John’s no bullshit style of writing. If you are offended by grown up language, womanizing or are a social justice warrior then this book is not for you. Stay far, far away from it. I am not plagued by any of these issues myself so, consequently, I quite liked the book.

The book essentially follows Oliver Chadwick Gardenier, or Chad for short, from the events where he is resurrected and sent back to Earth to fight evil and through his career as a Monster Hunter. Naturally this means lots and lots of action against various supernatural creatures and monsters. As usual with these two authors the action is quite violent and guns, explosives as well as various sharp instruments are plentiful.

However the book feels a bit lighter than the Monster Hunter International books. As the name of the series indicate it is a memoire so it is essentially the main character himself that recites the story and the way it is done is by telling various memorable events from his life. This also means that, in my opinion, the book feels a bit chopped up. Sure, there is a red thread going through it but sometimes I felt like I was reading a collection of short stories strung together.

As I wrote above, this is a good and enjoyable book but a notch below the books in the original series.
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review 2015-11-21 00:45
A dance of Cloaks
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

Not quite as good as The Way of The Shadows (which is why i rated this 3.5 stars, instead of 4) but a pretty entertaining read in its own right.
At te end David explains he got his inspiration for this series from The Night Angel series and the Game of Throne Series, and i can certainly see there involvement. For one almost everyone dies, and i do meant almost! i believe in the end only 3, 4? characters of any worth survive. Plus there's the whole cloak thing, running around assassinating people, unfortunately for David Brent just happens to be the more skilled story teller, i was more involved in his characters. A Dance of Cloaks is still totally worth a read though - i just recommend reading this one first then Brent Weeks stuff (he can be brutal & sickening).

I also read that the main character for this series is based off a side character for another series (spin-off?) apparently that character was all mysterious and had no back story but was everyone's favorite so David being the nice bloke he apparently is decided to write The Watcher his own series, we find out how be became who he is, where he came from, etc. which is pretty cool. I'm definitely interested in reading the rest of the series.

 

Oh i forgot to mention - There's these... God worshipers in this series, 2 of them actually, an evil lot and a good lot. There spectacular. The evil guys have this separate group loosely attached to them called the faceless women, there wrapped in all this cloth, covered from head to toe, and the strips of cloth move like dancing shadows, and there ridiculously badass and murder everyone. The way the scene's were written were superb, the imagery was so easy to follow and picture, i adored those scene's and the creation of this unique women. 

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review 2015-09-02 17:09
Grunge Gods & Graveyards 2: The Lady in Blue
The Lady in Blue: A Grunge Gods and Graveyards Mystery - Kimberly G. Giarratano

I was really impressed with the first book in the Grunge Gods & Graveyards series, Grunge Gods & Graveyards, so I was excited about reading this one. And once I picked it up, I could not put it down.

 

As with the first book, this story revolves around the Bloom family, and the fact that some of them can see and speak to the dead. Liz is going to school for criminology and wants to help her Great Aunt finally be able to find out who murdered her, and move to the other side, before it's too late. Lana (who is the one that tells the story, and also was in the first book) wants to know the truth, but at the same time, remembering the truth hurts her.

 

I've said this before - and I'm sure I'll say it again - but I absolutely love the way that Kimberly writes. She is so good at making the reader feel the emotions that the characters are feeling, whether the character be good or bad - and "bad" is a relative term. She has a way of keeping you interested in the story she is telling. Her words flow so smoothly that, before you know it, the story has come to an end and you're sitting there with these raw emotions. I laughed, I got angry, I cried ... an amazing story.

 

I really like both the characters of Liz and Lana. I like how the story is told from Lana's point of view, but it is Liz, with questioning that she learned in class, that pulls the story out of her. There's a lot of "flash backs" as Lana remembers what happened in the last weeks of her life, but it's not uncomfortable. In fact, it just feels right as you "go back in time" and see how things played out at the time. The similarities between Liz and Lana are apparent in their conversations, and the fact that they are both so willing to learn from each other is so nice to watch.

 

The end was both happy and sad. Not only is it the end of the book, it is the end of the story, as this series only has two books. As far as I'm concerned, she ended the story perfectly, and I can't wait to read the next book by this author.

 

At the time this review is written, this story is free on Amazon, and I would definitely recommend that my readers go and pick it up.

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